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Richard Reti vs Savielly Tartakower
Bad Kissingen (1928), Bad Kissingen GER, rd 7, Aug-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0



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  Phony Benoni: Basic Endgame Trick 101, and a treat for White. After 52.Rc3+ followed by 53.Rxc7 and 54.h6, even the Reti maneuver can't save Black.

Yes, there is more than one way to win. In fact, any move except giving the rook away on the f-file wins. Even 52.Rg3. But the quickest and simplest way is so basic and fundamental that almost anybody should see it at a glance.

Oct-31-16  Abdunnaser: Very easy straightforward
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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas everyone! I mean, Happy Halloween.

Anyway, nice way to start the last puzzle of the month. Just give up the rook for the bishop, and realize that black's king is outside that triangle, and will not be able to chase down the pawn. White's king is inside the triangle of black's pawn.

1/1 this week.

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  patzer2: Appreciate the Monday combination 52. Rc3+ with a transition to a basic won pawn endgame. My 7-year-old Grandson has gone through a basic endgame book, and it's helped him a lot.

However, most of those basic endgame books don't provide combinations showing how you might transition to those basic endings. So exercises like this help him and other novices.

P.S.: Black's first big mistake was 23...Qc6, which White could have punished with 24. Bxd5! exd5 [24... Qxd5 25. c4 Qc6 26. Bxg7 Bxf4 27. d5 Qc8 28. Bf6+ Bxg3 29. Bxe7 Qd7 30. Bf6 Bd6 31. dxe6 (+7.16 @ 21 depth, Deep Fritz 15)] 25. Qh5 Bxe5 26. fxe5 Rf8 27. Rxf5 Rxf5 28. Qxf5 (+1.53 @ 23 depth, Deep Fritz 15).

Instead, 23...Bxe5 24. fxe5 Qc6 = keeps it level.

Black's second mistake was 24... Be4? which practically forces the loss of the exchange, due to the threat of 25. Bxe6+ should Black dare to move the Rook.

Instead 24... Bxe5 25.Qxe5 Rd8 = (0.07 @ 20 depth, Deep Fritz 15) would have held it even.

Oct-31-16  lost in space: Queen sac Monday!

52. Rc3+ K any move 53. Rxc7 Kxc7 54. h6 and no defence.

Oct-31-16  YouRang: Monday 52.?

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Hardly even a puzzle.

- You have a passed pawn,

- Your opponent has one piece that can stop it

- You can eliminate that one piece with a trivial skewer.

Solution: Do it.

Oct-31-16  diagonalley: (i'm not sure that a novice would get this straightaway)
Oct-31-16  saturn2: After RxB black can give up or play on and hope for stalemate.
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  agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop.

White can finish off the game immediately with 52.Rc3+ and 53.Rxc7 followed by 54.h6.

Oct-31-16  mel gibson: Easy - saw it in 2 seconds.
The bishop can stop the pawn queening -
so get rid of it.
Oct-31-16  newzild: Good to see an endgame puzzle on a Monday.
Oct-31-16  zb2cr: 52. Rc3+ followed by Rxc7. Once Black takes, simply push the Pawn, as Black can't catch it.
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  morfishine: <52.Rc3+> and thats that
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  whiteshark: As Tartakower himself once commented on such positions:

<Black missed excellent resigning chances!>

Oct-31-16  Doniez: Very easy. Just check and take the bishop. But what I'll remember here is the Tartakower quote by <whiteshark>. Excellent!
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  thegoodanarchist: Tigran Petrosian would have loved it: An exchange sac to force a win.
Oct-31-16  leRevenant: <diagonalley: (i'm not sure that a novice would get this straightaway)> I agree, having plumped for the correct move, but without being 100% sure that it was indeed the correct one.
Oct-31-16  leRevenant: PS feel vindicated by:
<Phony Benoni: ...
Yes, there is more than one way to win. In fact, any move except giving the rook away on the f-file wins. Even 52.Rg3. But the quickest and simplest way is so basic and fundamental that almost anybody should see it at a glance.>
Oct-31-16  stacase: Most of us learn to count at a very early age. Learning the concept of skewering with a Bishop or Rook comes a little later unless you're on your way to becoming a chess board terror.
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  Stonehenge: 52. Rc3+ is the quickest way. You can check it here:

Oct-31-16  Caissas Clown: Hello Patzer 2 !

Re : " My 7-year-old Grandson has gone through a basic endgame book, and it's helped him a lot."

Great to hear ! If there is ONE lesson I wish I had learned at his age , it is this : the value of the pieces is relative - not absolute. I would never have solved this type of puzzle when I started out - you know , you don't give up a Rook worth "5" for a Bishop worth "3" and all that. But once I did see the value of a sacrifice,puzzles like this became really easy.

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  Sally Simpson: OK everyone gets this one but how many have noticed the nuance in the position.

White has an h-pawn and Rook, Black has dark squared Bishop.

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Reti, forever the joker, leans across the table and says:

"I won't move my Rook if you don't move you Bishop and I'll let you take my h-pawn and I won't take your f-pawn. Once you have my h-pawn the Rook and Bishop can move and the f-pawn is no longer immune."

Tartakower looks at the board and sees:

1. h6 Kd6 2. Kf4 Ke6+ 3. Kg5 Kf7 4. h7 Kg7 5. h8=Q+ Kxh8

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The King is in the wrong corner for the DSB and this is a White win(6.Rb7).

This is a draw.

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Even without the Black f-pawn.

"Oh No." says Tartakower, "You are not making a study out of me. Play Rc3+ so I can sieze the chance to resign."

Oct-31-16 Your basic skewer.
Oct-31-16  RookFile: I'm sure I would play 52. Rc3+ as Reti did. But 52. Rd3 has a lot of logic to it as well.
Oct-31-16  Pedro.Akcio: I was playing h6 automacticly....But then I realized there was a faster way. Both win though
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